Vescera and Gillette Earn ECAC All-South Recognition
LANCASTER, Pa. - Alex Vescera and Aaron Gillette have been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Baseball All-South Second Team announced Friday. The honor marks the fourth postseason honor for both Vescera and Gillette as each were named D3baseball.com Mid-Atlantic All-Region, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region, and All-Centennial Conference (CC).
Vescera (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) had a superb senior season at both shortstop and in a relief pitching role for the Diplomats. He earned D3baseball.com First Team All-Region accolades and ABCA Third Team All-Region honors as a utlity player, and was a First Team All-Centennial Conference (CC) pick at shortstop. Vescera led F&M in batting average (.365), hits (62), RBIs (44), and doubles (15), tied for second in stolen bases (8), while also ranking third in runs scored (31). In CC play, he led the conference with a .432 batting average and ranked second in hits (32) and RBIs (22). On the mound, Vescera tied the single-season record for saves (6) and talied a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 innings of work, recording 14 strikeouts.
Gillette (Owings Mills, Md./Beth Tfiloh) provided a spark from the leadoff spot in the batting order and excelled at second base for the Diplomats, earning Second Team All-Region accolades from both the ABCA and D3baseball.com, while also garnering First Team All-Centennial recognition. Gillette broke the single-season mark for stolen bases (30) while batting .356 with 16 RBIs and a team-high 50 runs scored. Gillette cracked the top-10 in the CC in multiple categories in conference play, posting league-highs of 21 runs scored and 10 stolen bases while also ranking fifth in on-base percentage (.489), sixth in hits (29) and ninth in batting average (.397).
F&M advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history in 2013 after capturing its first CC title since 2006. The Diplomats closed out the year with an overall mark of 23-21.